That’s right, folks — four years ago today, Dan and Corey registered the first email address for Nine Circles (then known as Horns Up…oof…) and started us off on this crazy adventure through which we’ve come to become, erm…somewhat positive contributors to the metal blogosphere? I guess?
SO, to celebrate, the two founders — plus current editors / writers / life-signer-awayers extraordinaire Josh Stewart and Chris Voss — got together and recorded a special birthday audio thing. We took a look back at the blog’s origins, assessed where we are now, and put forth some ideas for the future that we’re all pretty excited about. That’s all after the jump, so click on through and give it a listen! Continue reading →
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Septicflesh have announced their new album, Codex Omega, which will drop September 1 via Prosthetic Records. You can check out the new single, “Dante’s Inferno,” here. If you like Septicflesh, you should do that. If you don’t, this probably won’t change your mind. But good for them either way.
Yyyyyep! That’s what we’re calling this thing now! What we’ve got for you today isn’t really a podcast, because it’s not part of an RSS feed, and thus not automatically delivered to your podcasting apps. It’s kind of an interview / review in one, I guess? Yes. But nobody wants to call it that, so hence, you’re getting The Nine Circles Audio Thing and dammit, you’re gonna like it.
No, really, you are; we’ve got an awesome chat with power metal guru and Nine Circles contributor Frank Santorelli! Frank took a break from his busy schedule — the dude’s prepping for a move to Italy!! — to discuss two recent power metal albums that crossed his earholes: Aldaria‘s Land of Light and Astral Doors‘ Black Eyed Children. Call it an “Ask the Expert” discussion, if you will? Or don’t; I don’t really care. But check it out either way! Continue reading →
Like many of us, the guys in Vattnet entered 2016 with high hopes and a ton of momentum. The year before, the group — then known as Vattnet Viskar — had released its sophomore full-length, Settler, to a ton of acclaim, done tours with The Atlas Moth and 1349, and lit the Rams Head on fire at Maryland Deathfest. But then, following an early-year tour with Taake and Young and in the Way, frontman Nick Thornbury left the band — altering the band’s trajectory in more ways than one.
Fast forward to 2017, and the band — having dropped the “Viskar” and soldiered on as a trio — has plans to release a new album later this year. Ahead of that, guitarist Chris Alfieri took some time out of his day to discuss how the new material — and the band’s new sonic direction — has taken shape. But the chat quickly turned into a sprawling conversation about social media, the similarities between Pallbearer and Toto (no, really), and how we can all treat each other better in the new year and beyond. It was an altogether excellent time, and we’re thrilled to share it with you here. Check out the recorded conversation after the jump: Continue reading →
Episode 34 — or “Episode Whatever,” as we call it in the episode — comes to you live, with both hosts, plus co-host emeritus Kevin Davis, in the same room! And as you might expect, they didn’t really stick to a strict agenda. It’s a special, banter-filled episode that occasionally touches on Rotting Christ, Magrudergrind, and the city of Baltimore!
All that and…not all that much more in Episode 34, but check it out anyway!